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Tonight's lineup: Phillies load up the lefties vs. Noah Syndergaard

Tonight's lineup: Phillies load up the lefties vs. Noah Syndergaard

Updated: 6:02 p.m.

The Phillies originally added two extra left-handed bats in Thursday's lineup against the nearly-impossible-to-hit Noah Syndergaard.

Daniel Nava bats second and plays left field for the third time in four games. 

Andrew Knapp is behind the plate to catch Aaron Nola.

The Phillies could have gotten yet another lefty in the lineup by starting Brock Stassi against Syndergaard, but instead, Tommy Joseph remains in the lineup. It will be interesting to see how Joseph fares -- he's been late on fastballs most of the month.

Rightfielder Michael Saunders was in the original lineup batting fifth, but he was a late scratch because of an illness. He was replaced by right-handed hitter Aaron Altherr, who has two extra-base hits off same-sided pitchers this season.

Syndergaard has allowed just three extra-base hits in three starts this season, all to lefties (see game notes).

1. Cesar Hernandez, 2B
2. Daniel Nava, LF
3. Odubel Herrera, CF
4. Maikel Franco, 3B (2 for 19, .105 BA with RISP)
5. Aaron Altherr, RF
6. Tommy Joseph, C
7. Freddy Galvis, SS (3 for 9, two homers and a double vs. Syndergaard)
8. Andrew Knapp, C
9. Aaron Nola, P

And for the Mets:

1. Curtis Granderson, RF
2. Asdrubal Cabrera, SS
3. Yoenis Cespedes, LF
4. Jay Bruce, 1B (8 HR, 22 RBI vs. Phillies since 2016)
5. Neil Walker, 2B
6. Michael Conforto, CF
7. Jose Reyes, 3B
8. Noah Syndergaard, P
9. Rene Rivera, C

Syndergaard, as you'll notice, bats eighth. He's no slouch at the plate and Nola must be careful. Syndergaard is a .206 career hitter with four home runs and four doubles in 125 plate appearances. He's 2 for 6 this season with a walk and three strikeouts.

Rhys Hoskins puts on a show at Home Run Derby but runs into some bad luck

Rhys Hoskins puts on a show at Home Run Derby but runs into some bad luck

Kyle. Freakin'. Schwarber.

Rhys Hoskins put on a show in the Home Run Derby Monday night in Washington, D.C., but he, unfortunately, faced off against Schwarber in the second round and Schwarber went off.

Hoskins hit 20 in the semifinal round, which to that point was the most all night. Schwarber started rather slowly, but began cranking jack after jack and hit his 21st just as the four-minute clock expired.

It was a dramatic walk-off from Schwarber, but he actually had 30 more seconds to play with because he hit two homers farther than 440 feet and was awarded some extra time.

In the other semifinal, Bryce Harper beat Max Muncy 13-12. Smh. Harper went on to knock off Schwarber in the final round to claim the Home Run Derby title.

In all, Hoskins hit 37 homers in two rounds, with the deepest two going 466 and 463 feet. He homered on nearly half of his swings.

An extremely impressive first showing in the derby for Hoskins, who may want to return because of the unfinished business.

First round

Leading off the derby, Hoskins cranked 17 jacks to upset 1-seed Jesus Aguilar, who hit 11.

With 17, Hoskins tied Muncy for the most in the first round, though Muncy and Harper stopped before time expired because they had already beaten their opponent.

Hoskins just had a much quicker pace than Aguilar, who took his time between swings, as did his pitcher.

Entering the night, Hoskins was 11/2 to win the derby, per Bovada. Aguilar had the second-shortest odds at 7/2, behind only Harper.

A cool moment occurred midway through the first round when Hoskins called his one permitted timeout and fist bumped with Harper, who was expressing awe at the ease of Hoskins' homers.


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Phillies 1st-rounder Adam Haseley honored after dynamic opening week at AA

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Phillies 1st-rounder Adam Haseley honored after dynamic opening week at AA

Adam Haseley had one heck of a first week in Double A.

The Phillies' first-round pick in 2017 (eighth overall) was promoted to Double A Reading on July 11 and responded by going 5 for 13 (.385) with a double, two homers and two walks in his first four games.

As a result, Haseley was named Eastern League Player of the Week in his very first try.

Haseley has already been promoted four times over the last calendar year. Last summer, he began in the Gulf Coast League, was promoted to Low A Williamsport after three games, then made it to Class A Lakewood by season's end. 

He began this season at High A Clearwater and earned the promotion to Reading after hitting .300 in 354 plate appearances.

All told, Haseley has hit .296/.352/.423 with 27 doubles, seven triples and 10 homers in 616 plate appearances in the minors. 

The 22-year-old University of Virginia product was a more polished prospect than the previous year's No. 1 pick, Mickey Moniak

Moniak, who turned 20 on May 13, has hit .242 with a meager .268 OBP in 75 games at Clearwater this season. The power has been slow to come around, and Moniak has slashed just .247/.290/.350 in 999 plate appearances the last three seasons.

There's still plenty of time for Moniak, but he can't be satisfied with how he's hit to this point, nor can an organization that used the first overall pick in the draft on him. Some baseball people have questioned whether Moniak will grow strong enough to consistently drive the baseball as the quality of pitching he faces increases. 

Rounding out the first-round pick updates, Cornelius Randolph has struggled even more than Moniak. Randolph, drafted 10th overall in 2015, has hit .215 with one home run in 80 games at Double A this season. 

Randolph was drafted for his offense specifically but things haven't clicked yet. He's hit .252/.346/.362 with 17 homers in 1,328 plate appearances since being drafted.

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